The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in collaboration with Green Africa Youth Organisation (GAYO) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, has organised a quiz programme dubbed “What Do You Know” to mark this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) in Accra. It was under the theme “Reduce Disaster Damage to Critical Infrastructure and Disruption of Basic Services.
The colourful event, held at the Institute of Local Government Studies, was formally opened by Mr. Seji Saji, Deputy Director-General (Technical/Reforms) of NADMO. He, on behalf of NADMO’s Director-General, stressed the importance of protecting our critical infrastructure as a nation and also admonished citizens to take caution against the threats of disasters, particularly earthquakes.
“The theme for this year is timely for our nation as we have a major reason to protect our critical infrastructure. Even though we have been aware of this threat over the years, our actions and inactions in respect of this phenomenon have engendered for the nation a vulnerability of high proportion,” he noted. He mentioned the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Kotoka International Airport and the Weija Dam as some of the critical infrastructures that need pragmatic actions
He however, commended the President for setting up a committee to design and come out with a comprehensive framework for refocusing national earthquake preparedness and response.
The event also attracted participants from government agencies, civil society groups, the media, Schools and the private sector. Participating schools for the “what Do You Know Quiz” were; Tepa Senior High School, Tamale Senior High School, Abuakwa State College and the West Africa Senior High School. After a long hustle and tussle of keen disaster related questions and answer segments among the four schools, Abuakwa State College came up with 24 points earning them the 4TH position, Tamale Senior High School came up with 60 points earning them the 3rd position, whilst the West Africa Senior High School came 2nd with 67 points. The winner for the day, Tepa Senior High School came up with 77 points.
The students were awarded with various prizes. The quiz master was Mr. Dan Afari Yeboah
Mr. George Kwadwo Ayisi, Director of Communication for NADMO moderated the programme.